About the department

"Make Europe an experience" – this is the philosophy of our international programmes.

The department offers international seminars on European issues at a high academic level. They are directed at interested and committed young people (in particular students, information disseminators and executives) from all over the world.

Our academies give the participants – mainly from non-EU member states – deep insight into key issues of European integration, combined with the experience of European practice "on site". The programme aims to be a journey of discovery for everyone, including valuable intercultural and experience-based elements. The personal exchange of ideas with young Europeans along with excursions focusing on European history and visits to the EU institutions in Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg play a particular role. 

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Alexander Metternich, Director of studies
B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in Cultural Anthropology & Archaeology from Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York (USA)
Kontakt: 0049 6873 662-445; metternich(at)eao-otzenhausen.de

Timo Stockhorst, Director of studies
Study of Political and Social Science in Vechta (Germany), Marburg (Germany) and Genova (Italy). M.A. degree (Master of Arts). Master’s Program (LL.M.) European and International Law at the Europa-Institut, Saarbrücken.
Kontakt: 0049 6873 662-488; stockhorst(at)eao-otzenhausen.de

Christian Kiefer, Director of studies

Study of Political Science (politics and law) and International Relations in Erfurt (Germany), Canterbury (UK), Castellón de la Plana (Spain) and Warsaw (Poland). M.A. degree (Master of Arts)
Kontakt: 0049 6873 662-486; kiefer(at)eao-otzenhausen.de

Event formats

Our department offers international event formats for various target groups at a high academic level. The events are conducted by highly qualified and experienced directors of studies in cooperation with many experts from the academic networks of the European Academy and the foundation ASKO EUROPA-STIFTUNG. As a rule, the seminar language is English, but there are also programmes in French and German.

International study programmes

The European Academy of Otzenhausen and the foundation ASKO EUROPA-STIFTUNG have offered a series of international study programmes for many years. They are directed at young people (in particular students), especially those from non-EU states:

  • In terms of content, the programmes offer the participants an intensive study of the history, structure and international role of the EU. Furthermore, current political and social challenges associated with the European integration process are analysed and discussed.
  • Interactive workshops permit an intensive exchange of ideas on the relevant themes.
  • Many of the international study programmes take the form of meetings with young Europeans or offer opportunities to meet them, so that the participants also benefit from the intercultural exchange with their peers from other countries.
  • As a rule, the study programmes last 10 to 14 days and include elements of the programme conducted in the premises of the European Academy as well as a number of excursions to European capitals. Working visits to the European institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg or Frankfurt are also on the agenda.

Europe-oriented continuing vocational education and training

  • In cooperation with the German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in Berlin, we have offered EU-related seminar modules directed at administration staff and project managers from EU candidate states or the European Neighbourhood Policy countries since 2013.
  • Seminar series "International seminars for registrars": continuing vocational training on issues related to the European civil status law for registrars and their regulatory authorities as well as staff from embassies or consulates

Training for information disseminators

How can I impart European knowledge?
This is the motto of the international training courses we organize for information disseminators from the educational sector (schools, universities, non-school educational institutions) and the field of youth information and education (NGOs). The seminar language is English. The participants are introduced to the latest methods in the field of European and democracy education and have the opportunity to test and reflect on them. Working discussions at European institutions and expert lectures by leading specialists complement the programme.

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Foundations and research institutes



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Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen gGmbH
Alexander Metternich
Europahausstraße 35
66620 Nonnweiler
Tel. 0049 6873 662-445
Fax: 0049 6873 662-350

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